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Are there any good vitamin supplements that help with childhood autism?
17 doctors weighed in

Dr. Sarah Kohl
Travel Medicine
10 doctors agree
In brief: Not Really
Many children with autism are picky eaters and have intestinal issues.
Nonetheless, supplements are not helpful, expensive, and in some cases unsafe. Stories about improvement after starting a treatment appear to be compelling. However there is a lot of hidden bias in such stories. Fortunately, scientists have developed methods to test whether something really works. No supplements have worked.

In brief: Not Really
Many children with autism are picky eaters and have intestinal issues.
Nonetheless, supplements are not helpful, expensive, and in some cases unsafe. Stories about improvement after starting a treatment appear to be compelling. However there is a lot of hidden bias in such stories. Fortunately, scientists have developed methods to test whether something really works. No supplements have worked.
Dr. Sarah Kohl
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Dr. Paul Cohen
Many patients; and their families are seeking a panacea for the autism...but as of today there is none. My advice regarding supplements would be 'let the buyer beware'. Good nutrition; and a proper diet is important and will provide all the 'vitamins' one needs.
Dr. Jon Ahrendsen
With all due respect to my colleagues, I have seen autistic children: improve their behavior, their mood, their grades, and their social interaction with the additions of select vitamins. Yes, good nutrition is important, but I have seen the difference be dramatic at times. Does it always help? No, but neither do prescription drugs always work. (which I also use)
Dr. Marcus Degraw
Pediatrics
6 doctors agree
In brief: No
No scientificallly proven remedies have been shown to make a difference in autistic patients in any form of outcome.
This is the danger in celebrity endorsements of unfound medical treatments. Patients can spend an whole family savings on treatments that have no scientific basis and no proof of improved outcomes.

In brief: No
No scientificallly proven remedies have been shown to make a difference in autistic patients in any form of outcome.
This is the danger in celebrity endorsements of unfound medical treatments. Patients can spend an whole family savings on treatments that have no scientific basis and no proof of improved outcomes.
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Dr. Lawrence Rosen
Pediatrics
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Possibly
It depends on what you mean by "autism.
" will vitamins cure autism? No. But many children with ASD - whether due to dietary problems or metabolic issues - can benefit from supplementation with adequate doses of omega-3 fatty acids for example. Sometimes symptom relief is the goal - digestive problems may be addressed with probiotics and sleep issues with melatonin.

In brief: Possibly
It depends on what you mean by "autism.
" will vitamins cure autism? No. But many children with ASD - whether due to dietary problems or metabolic issues - can benefit from supplementation with adequate doses of omega-3 fatty acids for example. Sometimes symptom relief is the goal - digestive problems may be addressed with probiotics and sleep issues with melatonin.
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Dr. Jay Park
Pediatrics
1 doctor agrees
In brief: No
No vitamin or dietary supplements has been proven beneficial.

In brief: No
No vitamin or dietary supplements has been proven beneficial.
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Dr. Stephen Perret
Pediatrics - Psychiatry
In brief: Not really
There is some emerging evidence that some dietary supplements and vitamins have been helpful.
The studies are not consistent but certain b complex vitamins and omega 3 fatty acids have some evidence that they may be helpful. They are not necessarily standard care but could be considered for some patients.

In brief: Not really
There is some emerging evidence that some dietary supplements and vitamins have been helpful.
The studies are not consistent but certain b complex vitamins and omega 3 fatty acids have some evidence that they may be helpful. They are not necessarily standard care but could be considered for some patients.
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Dr. Jon Ahrendsen
Family Medicine
In brief: Alternate Opinion
With all due respect to my colleagues, I have seen autistic children improve their behavior, mood, grades, speech & their social interaction with select vitamins.
Yes, good nutrition is important, but I have seen vitamins as the only thing done different cause a dramatic improve at times. Does it always help? No, but neither do prescription drugs always work. (which i also use).

In brief: Alternate Opinion
With all due respect to my colleagues, I have seen autistic children improve their behavior, mood, grades, speech & their social interaction with select vitamins.
Yes, good nutrition is important, but I have seen vitamins as the only thing done different cause a dramatic improve at times. Does it always help? No, but neither do prescription drugs always work. (which i also use).
Dr. Jon Ahrendsen
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